'Backwards in coming Forward' Form I
3mm MDF, lasercut, varnish finish
Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire
Made during a period of self-discovery, the Backwards in Coming Forwards collection (Form I) incorporates repetitive techniques within a minimalist aesthetic. Often self-accused of working within one’s comfort zone too much, Nia felt as if they needed to add a new dimension to the reoccurring units she so often gravitated towards. Drawing upon new ideas, specifically ‘contemporary nostalgia’ allowed Nia to see their work in a new, more favourable light; the nostalgic concept, driven by the mass-produced toys they grew up with around the beginning of the third millennia. Repetitive processes like those involved in the collection generate a cognitive liminal space, where Nia, the artist, is able to escape the demands and realities of our current climate. In an age of war, financial unrest, pandemia, and unearthing trauma, perhaps there is a kindness in being Backwards in Coming Forwards.